Yume Twins monthly subscription box – January 2017 ***CONTAINS SPOILERS*** 

Hello Lovelies,

I hope you all had a wonderful festive season and happy new year! This year I’ll be bringing you more awesomeness, hopefully on a more regular schedule! I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for us!

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So let’s kick of 2017 with something kawaii! Yume Twins is a monthly cute themed subscription box all the way from Japan which contains 5 high quality items. I believe they have recently re-done the boxes to contain less things but higher quality items. All the contents of the box are premium character goods and are licensed. For $29.99 (or less depending on which plan you sign up too) a month you will received a mixture from plushies, lifestyle, apparel & accessories, stationeries or knickknacks and toys. The boxes are free shipping worldwide. My youngest sister bought me a Yume Twin’s monthly subscription box as a gift, which arrived last weekend which is crazy fast from Japan considering when they shipped with all the holidays in between!

If you haven’t received your box yet and don’t want spoilers, don’t hit the cut below!

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Hey~! What’s going on?!

Hello Lovelies!
Oh my gosh! Where has the time gone?! It’s been a two weeks since I’ve had the time to sit and write a post for you all!
I thought I’d give you a little update about the last few weeks and the up coming weeks. So lets start at the beginning – I’ve been plagued by migraines for the last month or so which have lasted for weeks at a time, this is one of the main reasons posting dropped down to just one a week. I didn’t want to take a break as I’ve worked really hard over the last year at posting regularly so I’ve tried to keep it going – until last week where I had to take a little break (Hopefully the last one of the year!). I’ve been umming and ahhing over whether to give the site and logo a make over, I feel the current layout isn’t working so well and I’m just not as fond of it as I was.

Last month was also my birthday! I was totally spoilt by Mr Lock, my family and also my lovely work mates.
I even made a Rilakkuma cake for the occasion – it was vanilla and chocolate inside with little Rilakkuma chocolates!
I’ve also sold my motorbike! This is something I never, ever thought I’d do as I loved my bike very much, but as this year has gone on it’s become more and more uncomfortable for me to ride. The riding position is lent quite far forward and I’ve had surgery on my wrist twice so it can be quite painful. This means I’m not looking for another one – I’m quite picky so I get the feeling it might take awhile to find what I want which is a shame as the Reading Toy Run is coming up soon!

So, upcoming in the next few weeks is Hyper Japan’s Christmas Market! I cannot wait for this! I had a really good time at the last Hyper event (despite the crazy amount of scalping) and I’ll be attending on the Friday on behalf of Cyten but also with my youngest sister again! But, But but! There’s more! I’ll finally be cosplaying!

This is something I’ve been working really hard towards this year, after seeing photos of myself from the last Christmas market,  I’ve lost over 50lbs! (Hopefully more by the time Hyper hits) – I’m by no means done with this but I’m very proud of myself for my efforts and will carry this on into next year – but weight loss means that I feel more comfortable with cosplaying now, I’ve nearly finished my costume!
So there you go, in a nut shell real life has been keeping me super busy!
Do look out for me if you are going to Hyper Japan – I’d love to meet some of my readers!
Ta-ta for now,
X

~*~SPONSORED REVIEW~*~ MIMO Pencil Case Shop ~*~POSITIVE~*~

Hello Everyone!
Today I’ve a very exciting review for you! If you read my site regularly you may remember that I recently posted a segment on Kawaii stationary and one of the featured stationary sites was MIMO Pencil Case Shop, in case you didn’t, MIMO is a on-line shop that focuses on affordable cute and kawaii stationary. Based in the USA MIMO is run by the lovely Jeanette.
MIMO sent me a huge box, containing a planner set to review! Funnily enough this arrived on my birthday yesterday! The box contained everything you would need to start using a planner and some! I’d originally planned for this to be an un-boxing video – everything was so beautifully wrapped, but Harry had other ideas – he got very confused by me talking to the camera and thought I was asking him to come and play and the video very quickly became a write off! (I will try and re-film this in the next week as I really do think it’d be great to show you the products, especially the planner, up-close.)
One of the first things I found in the box was this adorable little note – I love little touches like this as it makes things seem more personal. I really like the design on this little note-let and have a plan for it already!
The first little package I opened contained these mini highlighters, a role of deco tape and a role of eraser tape! These will be so useful for me! 

I use highlighters a lot when I’m researching for articles and having lots of colours is really handy as it means I can colour code my research. I’ll also be using these a lot to highlight important dates in my planner! Each highlighter has a cute character on and I really like the stripy design as it makes them bright and colourful. The little packet is mega useful as well as it means I can keep them all together and put them in my bag to take out and about. 
Deco tape is something that has always interested me – it’s exactly what it sounds like, it’s a tape you can apply to paper that has little decorations on, this one has bunting and butterflies – how cute is that? I’m definitely going to use this a lot as I think it’ll be fun to use to mark important days. 
Corrector tape is always, always useful for me! I’m rather prone to making mistakes on paper, and I do tend to draft out things on paper first so this is super useful as well. It’ll also come in handy if I put a date in my diary (I nearly always use pen) and I need to move it, rather than leaving a huge ugly scribble I can just use this to cover it! I love the design of this to, I find it funny that it looks like a milk shake bottle, it almost looks like milk is pouring out when you use the tape!

Next was a box containing two decorative tapes! I like that the front of the box shows the pattern of the two tapes in detail – this pack contains two kinds of lace style tape.

Look how pretty these are – I think they’d be fab for edging important pages or even for sticking in photos! The colours used are very vibrant which means they’ll show up well on paper.

Eep! Totoro! Oh my gosh, I love, love, love Totoro! He’s right up there with Rilakkuma! This is a little cellphone/bag mascot and he’s so soft and squishy! This has already made it onto my handbag so I can take him with me where ever I go.

Check out these adorable paper clips – these have definitely been made with love. They are so detailed and such pretty colours! I’m going to use them in my planner to mark pages and hold in some loose leave notes.

Here’s where I got to before the video ended – so I was able to get some photos of the lovely wrapping Jeanette does! I mean look how perfect that is! I am horribly useless when it comes to wrapping, and there’s usually tape everywhere if I’ve had some kind of involvement, but this is sealed with a single cute sticker! I am in awe of her wrapping skills!

Inside this package: Animal stickers, Lovely days pages markers, Rilakkuma page markers and post-its and daily schedule post its.

If you know me, you know that I love stickers! These are adorable, puffy little animals with funny faces! No doubt I will use these everywhere possible! Page markers are always useful, I also use them to make little notes when I need to remember something important or when I need to reference something. These ones have such a cute bear and friends design, they remind me a little bit of Pinny-Mu.
My favourite Rilakkuma!¬ I have no doubt I will use these absolutely everywhere! This is one of my favourite designs too! The daily schedule will be very useful for me as I often have a few things I need to remember to do on a day to day basis. I love the giraffes face peeping in from the side of the page.

More of that awesome wrapping! I love that Jeanette has taken the time to match the tape or stickers to the paper!

In this package was a white kitty pen, a bunny ruler and an strawberry milk pen.

How cute are these little faces? The kitty pen is a black gel pen which is very smooth to write with. The bunny ruler has to be one of my most favourite things in the package, it’s a great size and I love his expression! The strawberry milk pen matches the correction tape. This is actually an erasable pen which means it’d be good for draft writing or even outlining drawings!

Oh, ho, ho! It’s my favourite Rilakkuma! Look at his squishy little face, he’s made out of a super soft fabric and really well made. This is a pencil case.

Check out the details on his tummy – he even has little yellow paws.

Inside the pencil case were some colour gel pens! There is a whole set here and probably every colour imaginable – they are very fine tipped so perfect for writing in small spaces or even sketching with. I know I will use these a lot. Bonus: You can see that the pencil case has Rilakkuma’s name embroidered on which is a really lovely touch.

The last thing I unwrapped was this pastel purple macaron planner – this came wrapped in a lovely box, which is a great idea as it’d protect it during shipping.

Look how beautiful this planner is! I’ve always, always wanted a pretty coloured planner, so much so that I have in fact ruined my boring black filofaax with spray paint in effort to kawaii-afy it! I adore this colour, it’s just pefect. The material used is a high quality textured PU leather. It has a hand button snap at the front to keep it closed.

Inside the planner is a six ring binder. On the inside of the front cover there is plenty of room to put business cards, a bigger slot for notes or papers you may need and a loop for a pen.

The diary insiders are a perfect size for writing in. I’ve also found the filiofax ones way to squished in to get all the information I need in. I also like that these don’t have printed dates – that way you can put your own in any format you like, and also if you bought this part way through the year you wouldn’t loose out on use if the previous months were no good.

The back of the planner has another slot for loose papers and another pen holder! This is really handy as I like to keep a pen and pencil in my planner. I also tend to keep any useful bits of paper, such as directs or leaflets in my planner too so there is plenty of room for that.

Some dividers and extra inserts were also included with the planner. I’m going to decorate the dividers with some of the stickers and tapes that MIMO sent in the package.
This is the front page of the diary inserts and it’s given me an idea for this planner! As well as using it as a normal day-to-day planner, I’m going to turn this into an inspirational and motivational planner too! I’ll be doing an update on the planner in a post very soon so you can see what I have used it for and get an idea of how you can use it too!
I want to say thank you to Jeanette at MIMO pencil case shop for this beautiful set, I really do love everything she sent and it’s been packaged with such care and attention. I can honestly say that I would purchase from MIMO and know that my order would be taken care of perfectly.Customer service is spot on and Jeanette is a lovely person to talk too and she is only to happy to help with any queries you may have.
Please go check out MIMO pencil cases shop, if you’ve seen something you like in my review you can be sure you’ll find it on the store, but give me a shout if you need help finding it!


You can also find MIMO on the facebook below:

MIMO PCS FACEBOOK PAGE

Ta-ta for now,
x

An early birthday present! Apple iPhone 6s – Rose Gold

Hello Everyone!
How lucky am I?! My lovely Husband bought me an early birthday present of the very new rose gold iPhone 6s and a case too! I have never had a new phone so close to launch before, and this one is so pretty I had to share! Mr Lock was up at the crack of dawn on Saturday to reserve one for me (The rose gold is pretty much sold out everywhere, and I was saving to buy one around Christmas so hadn’t pre-ordered it yet).
This is the phone and case! The case is the pink silicone one an the iphone is the 64gig. I’ve always loved Apples packaging, it’s very neat and stylish. There’s also not a lot of wasted space which is great too as it requires less materials to make.

Upon opening the box the phone is sat right at the top! It’s covered in that special plastics that stops the phone and it’s screen getting marked in transit. They are packaged very well so there’s not room for the phone to slide about in the box. The front of the phone is white with a rose gold band around the home button.
Under the phone is the plug, USB cable and the headphones all in Apples standard colour of white!

Here’s the back of the phone (still in the plastic as I was worried about putting it face down). It’s definately pink! Though under some lights its more gold when you take a photo of it. I quite like the white lines that break up the colour.

Here you can see the phone with out it’s plastic protector – you can also see the inside of the silicone case, it appears to be lined with a suede like material to make sure the phone doesn’t get scratched whilst its in it.

Fitting the case is really simple – it’s quite a tight fit which is good as it means it won’t come off if dropped or in a bag. The screen is nice and bright and it’s so much fun to use!
I’m really loving this phone – I’ve really missed using Apples OS on a phone, it’s so straight forward and really simple to use. The camera is fantastic which is great as I can use it for photos but also to start making videos for you! (I have a few planned out, and hopefully they’ll be come a reality soon!) The system is really fast, I’ve not noticed a lag when switching between apps, the finger print scanner works perfectly – Apple pay is really handy too. I really like the force touch feature with photos – it takes around 3-4 seconds of video when you take a photo so that when you use force touch with it it plays a little clip, which is perfect for trying to take a decent photo of Harry. The fact its an awesome kawaii pink colour just makes it perfect too!
Thank you to my lovely Husband, Mr Lock for the early birthday present!
Ta-ta for now!
x

Let’s Cook! Victoria Sponge (BBC Recipe)

Hello Lovelies!
It’s a Let’s Cook today! I tried out a recipe for Victoria sponge cake I found on the BBC Good Food website (Granny’s Victoria Sponge). Now, the reason I tried out this recipe rather than than my go to one in my Marguerite Patten Every Day Cook book is that the book has vanished! I have no idea where it’s gone but I’m sure it’ll turn up sooner or later! So in the meantime I decided to give this a go.

Go Get

200g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
200g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 medium eggs
200g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
about 6 tbsp raspberry jam
250ml double cream, whipped (NOTE: I didn’t use this as I decided to use butter cream instead)
Icing sugar, for dusting

Go Do

Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Grease and flour 2 x 20cm sandwich tins. I cheated on this as I hate greasing tins, I have a cooking oil spray which is super handy – you just spray the tings with it and drop in the greese proof. (NOTE: I also find cutting out greaseproof paper a pain to get it the perfect size, how ever most pound shops sell packets of it in a variety of sizes! You get quite a few tin liners for your money too!) You can see the pre-greased tins in the photo above.
 Place the butter, sugar and vanilla extract into a bowl and beat well to a creamy consistency. You can either do this with a wooden spoon or an electric mixer. 
Slowly beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the flour and mix well. ( You might find the mixture curdles if you do it too quick((I did!)), if this happens all you need to do is beat in a little of the flour to bring it back to normal).
Divide the mix equally between the cake tins, try and smooth out the tops as best you can and place into the oven and bake for about 20 mins until risen and golden brown.
  
Optional: Find yourself a super helper who will sit on your feet whilst your trying to mix cake batter!
The cakes should spring back when gently pushed in the middle when they are cooked. When ready, remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 mins in the tin, before turning out onto a wire rack and cooling completely.
In the mean time whip up your cream or buttercream.
Once your cake is completely cooled, place the bottom of your cake on to a plate – if you’re intending to move this about/take it anywhere you might find it a good idea to put a little put of jam or butter cream under it so it doesn’t slide about.
Place a large spoonful of cream onto the cake.
Spread it out right to the edges.
Spread your chosen jam on to the top part of the cake whilst its still on the rack, again try and get it right to the edges.
Place the top half of the cake on the bottom and press firmly but gentley to sanwich the cakes together.
It should look something like the above!
Here’s the stencil I mentioned earlier – you can just dust your icing sugar straight on top, but I was trying to be fancy!
You can just about see the pattern.
 Pattern close up.
There you go! Tasty cake perfect for afternoon tea! I would say unlike the usual centrepiece I use this didn’t rise nearly as well/maybe I should have doubled up the mix for my tins? I usually get gigantic sized Victoria sponge!
Ta-ta for now,
x